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FETÖ coordinator says German gov't, NGO's gave €5.3 million in projects

FETÖ COORDINATOR SAYS GERMAN GOVT, NGOS GAVE €5.3 MILLION IN PROJECTS

The coordinator of the Forum Dialogue Institute, a FETÖ-linked organization active in universities in Germany, has revealed the extent of German support for FETÖ projects in the country.

Coordinator Celal Fındık told the Huffington Post that FETÖ has been working on a mosque project in Berlin called House of One since 2011. The project aims to create a place of worship where Muslims, Christians and Jews can pray in the same space.

According to Fındık, the project has a price tag of €40 million ($44.7 million). He stated that €5.3 million of that amount has been provided by the German state and civil society organizations, with another €3.5 million coming from the German Environment Ministry.

Fındık also explained that the organization had met with the Union for Turkish Islamic Religious Affairs (DİTİB), but that they had failed to convince DİTİB to support the House of One project. According to Fındık, this decision suggests DİTİB's unwillingness to engage in joint prayer spaces with Christians and Jews.

News of the German state's support for the House of One project comes in the midst of spying accusations against DİTİB imams in Germany, with police carrying out raids on imams in February of this year.

During a visit to Ankara on June 5, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel stated that Germany had made a mistake by not visiting Turkey immediately after the July 15 failed FETÖ coup attempt.

The July 2016 coup attempt, which Turkey says was masterminded by U.S.- based cleric Fetullah Gülen, left 248 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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